Re: Title IX gathers momentum

Shevitz (
Thu, 2 Apr 1998 12:25:32 -0500

A point of clarification regarding Title IX and federal funding...While
the Title IX legislation does not provide funding for school programs,
there was federal funding that supported Title IX activities directly at
the state level until 1996. Funding was provided for two decades under
"Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Training and Advisory Services"
in the U. S. Department of Education's budget. These monies were granted
to state departments of education for "desegregation assistance related to
race, sex, and national origin." For most states, Title IV programs
supported a staff position and funding for activities related to
implementation of Title IX within that state. School districts received
direct assistance and resources related to Title IX through these programs.
In 1996 Congress eliminated funding for state departmentx of education
Title IV gender, race, and national origin equity programs, which had a
devastating impact on the monitoring and implementation of Title IX at the
state level. Ten regional desegregation assistance centers are still funded
under the Title IV program, and can provide Title IX assistance to local
school districts, but not at the same level. The federal Carl Perkins
Vocational Education Act, which to date still mandates set-aside sex equity
funds, is currently providing monies to state education agencies for
career/technology/vocational education equity projects. These projects
relate to Title IX issues. Equity advocates from local school districts
should let their state departments of education know that they want the
state to assume responsibility for funding Title IX services when no
federal funding is available. Linda Shevitz, Maryland State Department of
Education 410-767-0428;

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